Clean Monday Lagana and Other Lent Meals


Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης!

Today is Clean Monday for Orthodox Christians. This signals the beginning of a forty days’ Lent from now until Easter Saturday, which this year is on 11th of April. This particular Lent is a very strict one, having everyone who follows it to refrain from anything that comes from animals i.e. meat and its byproducts, but also fish is forbidden too. Only winkles, clams, shrimps and generally all seafood that has no blood and bones.

I don’t fast, but we keep the tradition on Clean Monday and all family fasts this particular day, eating exactly what religion dictates. Festive table consists of several dishes some of them listed below plus Lagana. Lagana is a bread that in the old days was made without a starter, exactly as the bread Jews ate before they left Egypt.  Nowadays, we all make it adding dry or fresh yeast that gives this flattened bread a nice smooth texture.


Every year I am experimenting with a recipe for a lagana having my family as Guinea pigs to try and tell me what they think. This year I have worked on a recipe for bread adding and subtracting elements until I made what I think a very good Lagana with a crispy crust and soft and chewy interior. The good thing about this bread is that it needs absolutely no kneading by hand, only in the stand mixer. Nevertheless, it requires an overnight rise in the refrigerator, but you can make several breads and keep this dough in the fridge for up to a week, taking out an amount enough to make one bread per day.


Homemade Halva with Tahini

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Octopus Saganaki

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Lentil Puree with Squid

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Santorini Fava with Shrimps

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Greek Bean Salad

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Dolmades Gialatzi

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4.8 from 6 reviews
Clean Monday Lagana
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Bread
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 935 gr / 33 oz. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp anise (optional)
  • 50 gr. / 2 oz. tahini
  • 680 gr. / 24 oz. lukewarm water
  • Sesame for sprinkling
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. The Previous Day
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer pour the water and the tahini.
  4. Mix with the hook until tahini is dissolved in the water.
  5. Throw the dry ingredients into the wet ones and mix for about three to four minutes.
  6. Take a glass bowl, oil it with olive oil and place the dough there.
  7. Let it rest at room temperature for two hours.
  8. After these two hours, put the bowl in the fridge covered with cling film overnight.
  9. Next day take an amount of about 400 gr. / 14.5 oz. from the dough.
  10. Let the rest of the dough in the fridge and work with the amount you extracted.
  11. Take a pan and put parchment paper on it.
  12. Work with dough, flatten it inside the pan and on the parchment paper just like in the pictures.
  13. This particular quantity makes a bread of 20cm X 25cm / 8 in. X 10 in.
  14. Let the bread stay at room temperature for 75 minutes.
  15. Preheat oven at 200° C / 400° F.
  16. With your fingertip make small scattered holes on the bread.
  17. Brush the top of the bread with warm water and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  18. Put in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the bread has taken a nice golden color.
  19. Remove, let it stay on a rack to cool and serve.

4.8 from 6 reviews
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Ψωμί
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 935 γρ. αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις
  • 1 κ.σ. + 1 κ.γ. αλάτι
  • 2 κ.γ. ξηρή μαγιά
  • 1 ½ κ.γ. ζάχαρη
  • Προαιρετικά μπορείτε να προσθέσετε και γλυκάνισο περίπου 1 κ.γ.
  • 50 γρ. ταχίνι
  • 680 γρ. νερό χλιαρό
  • Σουσάμι για το πασπάλισμα
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Την Προηγούμενη Ημέρα
  2. Ανακατέψτε όλα τα στεγνά συστατικά σε ένα μπολ.
  3. Στο μπολ του μίξερ σας ρίξτε το νερό και το ταχίνι.
  4. Ανακατέψτε με το γάντζο μέχρι το ταχίνι να διαλυθεί στο νερό.
  5. Ρίξτε τα στεγνά συστατικά στα υγρά και ανακατέψτε για περίπου τρία έως τέσσερα λεπτά.
  6. Πάρτε ένα γυάλινο μπολ, λαδώστε το με ελαιόλαδο και τοποθετήστε τη ζύμη εκεί.
  7. Αφήστε να ξεκουραστεί σε θερμοκρασία δωματίου για δύο ώρες.
  8. Μετά από αυτές τις δύο ώρες, βάλτε το μπολ στο ψυγείο καλύψτε το με μεμβράνη και αφήστε το όλη νύχτα.
  9. Την επόμενη ημέρα πάρτε περίπου 400 γρ. από τη ζύμη.
  10. Αφήστε την υπόλοιπη ζύμη στο ψυγείο και δουλέψτε με την ποσότητα που βγάλατε.
  11. Πάρτε ένα ταψί και στρώστε το με χαρτί ψησίματος.
  12. Δουλέψτε τη ζύμη, ισιώνοντάς τη πάνω στο χαρτί ψησίματος ακριβώς όπως στις φωτογραφίες.
  13. Η συγκεκριμένη ποσότητα κάνει ένα ψωμί 20 cm X 25 cm.
  14. Αφήστε το ψωμί σε θερμοκρασία δωματίου για 75 λεπτά.
  15. Προθερμάνετε το φούρνο στους 200° C.
  16. Με το δάχτυλό σας κάντε μικρές διάσπαρτες τρύπες στο ψωμί.
  17. Αλείψτε την κορυφή του ψωμιού με ζεστό νερό και πασπαλίστε με σουσάμι.
  18. Βάλτε στο φούρνο και ψήστε για 20 λεπτά ή μέχρι το ψωμί να πάρει ένα ωραίο χρυσό χρώμα.
  19. Βγάλτε από το φούρνο, βάλτε το σε μία σχάρα για να κρυώσει και σερβίρετε.

40 Responses to Clean Monday Lagana and Other Lent Meals

  1. I’m not familiar with Lagana, it looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again tomorrow morning :)

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  3. Sissi says:

    I have never heard about lagana but it looks terrific! I wish I could have a big chunk of it with a bowl of some kind of dip… Thank you for sharing with us Greek religious traditions once more!

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  5. Sounds like a good tradition and looks like you nailed your bread. :) Interesting to me, Katerina, as I’ve never had such a bread or heard of the name before today. 😉

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  7. Miz Helen says:

    This is a wonderful collection of Lent meals. Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. Debra says:

    I am loving all of the dishes you have presented here!

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  11. Kathy says:

    The lagana sounds interesting and quite delicious! Love the addition of tahini! All your choices for Lenten meals are terrific! Nicely done, Katerina!

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  13. gloria says:

    Look amazing!
    Love it!

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  15. mia xara says:

    Everything looks very appetizing, Katerina! Beautiful lagana! Και του χρόνου, ΧΟΧΟ

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  17. Gorgeous and perfectly made lagana!

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  19. rebecca says:

    looks so good, love hearing about your traditions

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  21. Nice collection of recipes

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  23. Liz says:

    Lots of great recipes and lovely bread for Clean Monday! I loved learning about Orthodox Christians’ Lenten traditions! We just go meatless on Fridays.

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  25. Θα θελα να φτιαξω καποια στιγμή λαγάνα… του χρόνου 😉

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  27. Katerina this post is so full of great recipes! The Lagana bread looks like it chewy and just right for dipping in a clear broth soup. YUM!

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  29. mjskit says:

    I had not heard of Clean Monday before. I have several friends that observe lent, but no one has ever mentioned Clean Monday. If these are the foods I would get to eat for clean Monday, then I could easily participate. Once I saw the anise and tahini in the lagana bread, I was sold. I will be making this! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  31. Beth says:

    Your lagana looks great! I’ve given up sweets for Lent. :(

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  33. Emily says:

    I am not the greatest baker, so I cannot imagine making this to look as good as yours does, Katrina! You are very talented and I’m so glad you share your talents with the rest of us!

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  35. The bread looks great as does all the other dishes. I would not miss meat in the slightest.

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  37. Joanne says:

    I’ve seen this bread in quite a few places lately! sounds tasty!

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  39. Suzanne says:

    Everything looks great Katerina espcially that bread. All the dishes are delicious.

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  41. Lily Lau says:

    This seems so delicious I can’t wait to try it! Love your bread, Katerina :)

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  43. Your lagana sounds really good. I’ve never had bread with the addition of anise and tahini. I bet this makes the flavor really good. Being a pescetarian, we eat lent-type meals all the time, so I appreciate the meal ideas as well. Thanks!

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  45. Wow, what an interesting ingredient to add…Tahini. Sounds wonderful.

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  47. marcela says:

    WOW! I’ve never tried Lagana before! Looks stunning and delicious!

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  49. Nicky says:

    I haven’t had anything like this. I imagine the flavors of anise and tahini are amazing together. I enjoy reading your recipes and articles. I something new every time.

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  51. nipponnin says:

    Very curious about taste. I must try this recipe. I’m enjoy discovering all your gourmet foods. They are simply marvelous!

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  53. Juliana says:

    I love how you describe this loaf of bread…crispy and chewy…my kind of bread. Looks beautiful Katerina!
    Have a wonderful week my dear :)

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  55. Λαγάνα δεν έχω φτιάξει ακόμα Κατερίνα μου!
    Την έχω πάρει λίγο από φόβο :)
    Μου αρέσει που προσθέτεις ταχίνι, είναι ενδιαφέρουσα παραλλαγή.
    Και οι προτάσεις σου μου άνοιξαν την όρεξη για τα καλά!

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  57. Barbara says:

    What a gorgeous loaf, Katerina. Also loving the lentil puree with squid. Great round up of recipes for Lent!

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  59. Ξανθή says:

    Και του χρόνου με Υγεία.
    Υπέροχα εδέσματα όλα!!

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  61. Ola says:

    This type of Lent seems to be very tough and I am not sure if I would be able to keep it!

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  63. Louise says:

    Heavenly bread, Katerina. We are trying to not eat meat on Fridays during the Lent season. I haven’t followed the strict rules in so long I can’t even remember.

    Each and every dish looks gorgeously delicious. I must look into that halvah!

    Thanks for sharing, Katerina…

    P.S. Did you find any meatballs for Meatball Day???

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  65. Your bread looks perfectly baked and I bet your house smelled wonderful while it was in the oven. Ah yes lent. I guess that must have slipped my mind living here in Asia. Your diet sounds very strict so it will be interesting to see the menu items you have in store for us during the next 40 days. Take Care, BAM

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  67. I am not sure I could do a month of such a strict diet. But the lagana looks beautiful.

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  69. Corina says:

    IT sounds delicious and really unusual to have tahini in. I’d love to try it.

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  71. kennedy says:

    Thank you for this. it looks delicious. I thought that the calendars were the same as of last Easter, except for Jan 6th

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  73. Susan says:

    I have never heard of this kind of bread but with it sounds very good with the tahini and looks delicious.

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  75. As always your dishes are stunning Katerina! Thank you for sharing these special recipes!

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  77. This is my kind of bread. You have mastered the bread baking skill, Katerina.

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